A Tale of Two Woodies

March 22, 2017

1947 was a very good year

Our first Woodie — a 1947 Chrysler Town and Country convertible. She occupies a special position in automotive history as the only wood-bodied convertible built in series on a luxury chassis. Originally conceived in 1939 by Dave Wallace and introduced in 1941, the Town & Country was initially available in only as a barrel-back station wagon with beautiful wooden bodywork.

In 1946, the Town and Country Sedan and its glamorous companion convertible debuted and were an instant success. Priced from $2,725 these elegant convertibles were the most expensive models available in the entire Chrysler model range and only 8,368 were produced from 1946 to 1948.

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Into the Woods

March 15, 2017

Ewart residence - Black Bear, Saugatuck, Michigan; Town + Country Cedar HomesWhat could have been a tear-jerker turned into a fairytale ending for Tom Herr and Claire Ewart, a children’s book author and illustrator. They always intended to preserve the charm of the storybook cottage they discovered on a densely wooded lot on Michigan’s southwest lakeshore. But when the couple’s designer, Town + Country Cedar Homes, found decay, it proved beyond repair or restoration.

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Out With the Old, In With the New

March 1, 2017

Custom design build cedar home

It’s hard to believe that a dated ‘70s-style tri-level house used to sit on Carl and Kim Reid’s 2.5-acre property on the shores of Burt Lake in northern Michigan. The new home they built on the lakeside, a 6,000-square-foot log lodge, blends naturally into the landscape — like it’s been there for years.

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STOW IT!…Garage Storage Systems

February 22, 2017

However good your garage looks from the outside organizing pros estimate that only 30 percent of us store our cars in the garage. The reason? Too much stuff.

For most homeowners, even log home owners, the garage is the black hole of their home’s universe. Unwanted items from all other areas of the house are brought in, stacked and forgotten until one day you open the door, look in and realize you can’t see from one side to the other. If this sounds familiar to you, a garage storage system could transform your dark abyss into an attractive, orderly space that you might even enjoy spending time in. Read more

A Hidden, Custom Home

February 15, 2017

Custom timber frame home When David and Deborah Bender were searching for property to custom build a vacation home, they had one goal in mind: to get as far away as possible from their home in Alabama. If they were hoping for a change of scenery, that’s exactly what they got. The Benders traded the Gulf Coast for the craggy peaks of the Rocky Mountains on 86 isolated acres outside of Telluride, Colorado. Read more

  • Did you get anywhere close to the dream? THAT is the understatement of the year! You blew us away with what you drew up in such a short time!

    ~ Bill N. and Margaret B.